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Klingon
Survey Data
Quadrant:

Beta Quadrant

Political Information
Affiliation:

Klingon Empire

Biological Information
Type:

Humanoid

Development Stage:

Warp capable

Personality:

Aggressive

Number of Eyes:

2

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Summary

Klingons are native to the planet Qo'noS and inhabit a large proportion of the Beta Quadrant in the Klingon Empire.

The Klingon Empire has borders with the United Federation of Planets, Romulan Star Empire. Other close neighbours are the Gorn, Tholian Assembly, Krazzle and the C'hakilian Empire.

Physiology

Male

  • Average Height = 80 inches
  • Average Weight =
  • Age Expectancy = 150 to 200
  • Active until = 150 and higher
  • Hair = brown to black, baldness rare. Greying with age.
  • Facial hair = top lip and chin. Usually same colour as head hair.
  • Eyes = brown to black

Female

  • Average Height = 72 inches
  • Average Weight =
  • Age Expectancy = 150 to 200
  • Active until = 150 and higher
  • Hair = brown to black, baldness extremely rare. Greying with age.
  • Eyes = brown to black

General Physical Appearance

A Klingon Female circa 2374
Klingons are bipedal humanoids. They share many physical attributes with other humanoid species, including (and not limited to) forward focused eyes, oposable thumb, hinged knees and elbows, ball joint hips.

The most obvious distinctive feature of Klingons is their cranial ridges. These are a thought to be a vestage of the more basic Klingon form, perhaps with an exoskeleton. These ridges are as individual to Klingons as fingureprints are to Terrans. It is common for related Klingons to have similar ridge patterns. The most common pattern involves a number of horizontal ridges from the nose to just below the hair line. Some patterns however are vertical. Some have suggested that the pattern of ridges is linked to social standing, however there is nothing to substantiate this. More likely the genes carrying the vertical ridges are submissive and the horizontal ridges dominant.

Klingons hair is thick and is usually worn long. The hair is often tied back but left loose its weight is sufficient that it stays in place during motion. The male's facial hair is equally substantial.

Similar to the cranial ridges Klingon spines have raised lumps. This is also thought to e connected to a previous exo skeleton. These lumps hold nerve endings and have tactile abilities. The same lumps are present on Klingon feet.

Skin tone varies from peach to dark brown.

Internal

Klingons have a varying number of ribs, the average being 23. The ribs are arranged in a lattice, making them much more sturdy than most humanoids. The ribcage protects the major organs in the same way as most creatures with an endoskeleton.

A large variation between Klingons and other species is brak'lul. This is the Klingon term that refers to the possession of multiple organs. Klingons posses two stomachs, two livers, three kidnies, three lungs and an eight chambered heart.

Similarly the Klingon brain has a double-lined neural pia mater. The brain is otherwise very similar to that of a terran.

Other physical appearances

A Klingon male after the Klingon augment virus

During the 22nd Century the High Council became concerned that the Federation might be expanding research into genetics to create a super-race. They therefore started their own experiments.

The test subjects showed heightened intelligence but underwent quite extreme physical alteration. They lost their distinctive ridges and their features became more similar to that of Humans.

One of the test subjects was apparently carrying a flu virus at the time and the experimentation caused the flu virus to mutate.

It is thought that millions of Klingons were infected by the mutated virus before it was brought under control. At least one colony was completely 'cleansed' in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

Once under control those affected by the virus were organised into seperate units and carried out the day to day communication with the UFP.

The virus altered the Klingon genome to a degree that the offspring of those infected were born with the new genetic patter.

Later it was possible to reverse the affects of the virus and those infected were cured. This 'cure' was also succesful on those that had been born with the new genetic pattern.

Maturity

Klingons mature much faster than Terrans. At the age of 1 Klingons are as advanceed as a Terran 4 year old. At 8 years old they are comparable to Terrans of around 16 years. Klingons reach maturity at 12 or 13.

Reproduction

Gestation is 30 days, usually with a single birth.

Stangely though Klingons are able to produce viable embryos with several other races the gestation of these can be faster rather than slower. As a result many mixed race feutuses do not reach full development and miscarraiges are common. Klingon features are dominant over most other species and if one parent possesess cranial ridges this may show in several subsequent generations.

Psychology

Klingons have a complicated psyche.

The Ego and ID are closely linked and to some seem to be inseperable.

The Klingon grasp of self awareness is acute however they also put a lot of importance in the group. This is the underlying reason for the social structures known as Houses. It is thought that the reason for such a developed sense of group is due to the harshness of the environment that they evoloved in.

Sociology

Klingons live in extended family units known as Houses.

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